With temps soaring well into the 80s in the Adirondacks, we can say that summer is here. It all coincided with the end of the school year, and that means vacation time.
Lake Placid has come alive with three weeks of equestrian activity at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds. We have just started the second week of the expanded show, which for four decades had a two-week stint. Some of the luminaries who have attended the show, over the years, include Bruce Springsteen, Lou Dobbs, George Steinbrenner and Joan Lunden.
Come out on Tuesday nights to the renovated Mid’s Park and new band shell, on Main Street, for Songs at Mirror Lake. The seven-week series kicks off July 1 with JJ Grey and Mofro. There is a different genre of music every week. No admission charge. Just bring some food and drink, a blanket or beach chair, and enjoy the lakeside concert.
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will make its season debut Friday night (July 4) with a tribute to the USA, also in Mid’s Park. Thereafter, the performances move to Wednesday nights for the remainder of the summer. When the show closes, stay right there for Set the Night to Music. This is the village’s July 4 fireworks extravaganza, accompanied by 93.3 WSLP, the top radio station in the Adirondacks.
The holiday weekend promises to be lots of fun, especially at the I Love BBQ & Music Festival, on the Olympic speed skating oval. The event runs July 4-6, and features some of the top BBQ teams in the east, a BMX bike show, kids attractions and a mechanical bull.
Now in its ninth year, the festival has raised over $150,000 for the Shipman Youth Center, located just down the street from the oval. Live music under a tent accompanies the mouth-watering vittles. The Boss (Springsteen) has been known to slip into the festival to check out the music. Admission is just $6; kids under 10 enter free.
Later this week, the weather in the Adirondacks is supposed to moderate a bit into the 70s. If you still need to cool off, we recommend two events in the Olympic Center. Freaky Fridays, at 4:30, find young figure skaters in training cutting loose with the choreography, for the entertainment of the fans. And the Saturday Night Ice Shows have traditionally brought some of North America’s best skaters to Lake Placid for the summer series.